The Equinox Yoga Video, narrated by Briohny Smyth.

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In the Studio: Briohny Smyth.

She’s no mere “model.” She’s a teacher.

“No matter the length of your practice, try to close with savasana or seated meditation. You might use this time to set an intention for the rest of your day, recite a mantra, or even affirmations that inspire you.

Ultimately…searching…for a quiet mind.”

Now, the world’s biggest yoga video is a learning opportunity.

The Equinox instructor (and internet sensation) narrates her personal body-bending, back-opening flow.

The original: 2.5 million views in one month. And, counting:

Bonus handstand help via Briohny:

The parody, by our new friend Stusser (complete with tattoo):

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anonymous Nov 4, 2012 4:57pm

[…] get me wrong, I liked the idea of it—the way those who made time for the practice became long and lean. Or, how the yogis I came into contact with had a peacefulness about […]

anonymous Jul 11, 2012 11:42pm

[…] Briohny herself sent us heads up on this video of her other half, Dice Iida-Klein, doing yoga with a paddleboard, and the ocean, in place of a yoga mat, and the steady earth. […]

anonymous Mar 21, 2012 4:04pm

[…] Equinox video that was brought to my attention by an article in The Elephant Journal article here.     As stated in the article, “…the world’s biggest yoga video is a […]

anonymous Mar 1, 2012 6:13pm

[…] Let’s face it, it’s hard to celebrate others for being comfortable in their own skin, like Briohny Smyth (in her underwear-clad video that went viral) or Kathryn Budig (in her nude toesox ads), when […]

anonymous Mar 1, 2012 8:39am

[…] is still quite a bit of backlash from Equinox’s viral video of Briohny Smith’s beautiful yoga practice. With that said, how are we supposed to spread the love of yoga to new […]

anonymous Feb 25, 2012 11:59pm

[…] > The Second, new video, which we broke when it was at 30 views, or so: […]

anonymous Feb 18, 2012 1:36am

Ok, now thats just undermining people's intellegence, and the AD didn't piss me off the 1st time, but that did! u got paid to sell sex. "And now I open my legs and stimulate my clitoris to ensure proper lubrication of the cavity", still sex, lol!

anonymous Feb 18, 2012 1:08am

beautiful and impressive strength and stretching. yoga this is not. saying "reconnect with my breath" and "yoga is about X" sounds good but doesn't make it yoga. as for showing off in her underwear, all young women should if they can. the perfect body doesn't last, even if we assiduously practice yoga 🙂 so visual proof later is lovely to have. she's a gymnast; very fun to watch.

    anonymous Jan 13, 2013 7:58pm

    I'm curious to learn why u feel this is 'not' yoga – but merely gymnastics. What's the difference (as it relates to Briohny's video)? It's clear she is a certified yoga teacher – so she knows yoga. The postures are clearly yoga postures. Her mind, body & breath are very connected as she gracefully flows from one pose to the next. She ends her routine in meditation. It looks like yoga to me. What am i mising? Please enlighten me. Thank U.

anonymous Feb 16, 2012 8:03pm

why wearing lingerie. ……again

    anonymous Feb 17, 2012 11:25pm

    Seems like a sporta bra. The idea is morning yoga, methinks. But you're saying "why sexy"? Doesn't seem overtly sexual to me, and most of my pals feel same way. But each to her own!

      anonymous Feb 18, 2012 5:59am

      hmmmm guess you think I just don't" GET" it right…it's "morning yoga" and a "sports bra"………..paleeezzzzzzz

anonymous Feb 16, 2012 3:58pm

Great exercise routine, but for a morning routine I recommend joint mobility exercises (pavanmuktasana) followed by 6 rounds surya namaskara, or similar, combined with many chair pose to forward folding movements, to bring fluidity and mobility to the lower back and legs, which will be very stiff and inflexible in the morning. After about half and hour of warming the body, if you are not already sore, then you will be ready for handstands. But you should know this from experience of waking up at 6 a.m. (or earlier).

    anonymous Feb 16, 2012 5:00pm

    Thanks, Jason! You should write a blog about morning yoga for ele, if so inspired, would be great to share. write at if you're interested. ~ Waylon.

anonymous Feb 16, 2012 8:25am

Whatever. Equinox? No doubt she is gorgeous and uber fit, but to me it seemed like an acrobatic routine. Don't get me wrong, acrobats are amazing. I like acrobats.The parody was far more authentic, in my opinion.

    anonymous Feb 16, 2012 10:20am

    You better believe it!

    But aesthetic snobbery prohibits the two of them doing an Acro routine together …

    Nuff said.

      anonymous Feb 16, 2012 11:51am

      Actually, they're buddies.

    anonymous Jan 13, 2013 8:03pm

    What was missing from Briohny's routine that makes it 'not' yoga – but acrobatics? How could her routine be 'more' authentic from your perspective? Thank U.

anonymous Feb 16, 2012 7:42am

She's so stunning and inspiring. "The original: 2.5 million views in one month. And, counting"…I'm sure that nearly a million of those were me.

anonymous Feb 16, 2012 7:14am

Beautiful model im going to try to incorporate the headstand and more back bends in my routine now thanks for the inspiration!

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anonymous Feb 15, 2012 11:45pm

I want to hear the narration from the sleeping guy.

Kate Bartolotta Feb 15, 2012 11:16pm

I agree–what a phenomenally strong, amazing yogini!

anonymous Feb 15, 2012 11:07pm

She's so unbelievable, it's amazing!

anonymous Feb 18, 2012 3:06pm

&&& to the "why wearing lingerie…again" comment – they shot three different videos in the same day but chose the most popular video of arm balances to put on the Equinox website. This is just another of the three videos.